Rowdies And Silverbacks Still Alive In 2013 Fall Season Title Race And
Three Other Teams Can Still Mathematically Qualify For Championship Game
MIAMI, FL October 16, 2013 – The league-leading New York Cosmos can clinch their first NASL Soccer Bowl berth since they last played for a championship in 1982 when they host FC Edmonton during North American Soccer League Week 12 action at Hofstra University on Sunday at 4:00 pm ET.
Regardless of other results around the league, a win over the Eddies would secure the 2013 Fall Season title and the right to meet the Spring Season champion the Atlanta Silverbacks on Saturday, November 9, in Atlanta, Ga.
“Edmonton definitely wants to come at us one hundred percent and take three points off us, especially coming off a loss,” said Cosmos coach, Giovanni Savarese. “We need to be prepared and the players will be. This is our last day at home. It is going to be a special day for us and for our fans.”
Out of contention for this year’s season crown, Edmonton is coming off a 1-0 road loss to the San Antonio Scorpions last week and is the first Canadian club to visit the Cosmos in 29 years. Meanwhile, New York has won its last five encounters and boasts an eight-game unbeaten streak. When the teams last met a 1-1 draw was the outcome at Clarke Stadium on September 1.
The NASL Week 12 action kicks off on Saturday afternoon with fourth-placed Minnesota United FC hosting the fifth-placed Carolina RailHawks at NSC Stadium at 3.30pm ET.
Both the RailHawks and United can still mathematically qualify for NASL Soccer Bowl 2013 as the team with the second-best overall from the spring and fall seasons combined, provided they win their remaining matches, the Cosmos falter and the Atlanta Silverbacks capture the Fall title.
“These next two home games are massive for us to show our fans that we are moving in the right direction,” said United coach Manny Lagos. “There has been a lot of transition this year. There has been a lot of great positive energy and unfortunately we haven’t quite gotten all of that onto the field for the results but this weekend is a step to continue to try and get better and move forward.”
Also on Saturday, the third-placed Silverbacks visit the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Lockhart Stadium at 7.30pm ET. The Strikers, who are current sixth at the NASL Table but are no longer in contention for the Soccer Bowl, will be looking to sweep this season’s home and away series against the Silverbacks after winning the first meeting in Atlanta, 1-0 in August.
“They came here and beat us, and they did a good job getting their win,” said Silverbacks coach Brian Haynes, whose side is coming off a 3-1 home victory last week against Minnesota. “Now we have to go back there and return the serve. We know it’s going to be a tough game. We need to make sure that we aren’t on the end of their chances and we need to make sure that we put ours away.”
Rounding out Saturday’s encounters will be the Tampa Bay Rowdies welcoming the San Antonio Scorpions at Al Lang Stadium at 730pm ET as the winner remains in contention for a berth to the NASL Soccer Bowl 2013.
The second-place Rowdies trail the Cosmos by seven points but a win against the Scorpions can keep their hopes of defending the NASL title they won last year alive.
The Scorpions have won two out of three meetings against the Rowdies in Tampa Bay and need another win to hold on to their mathematical hope of reaching the NASL Soccer Bowl, provided the Silverbacks secure the Fall Season title and San Antonio finishes as the team with the second-best overall record.
“Tampa has one of the best attacks in the league,” said Scorpions interim coach, Alen Marcina. “They are near the top in terms of goals scored and are a dangerous team. We need to go into their house this weekend and impose our game to come away with three points.”
NASL Week 12 Schedule (All kickoff times US EST)
Saturday, October 19
Minnesota United FC vs. Carolina RailHawks
NSC Stadium; Blaine, Minn. 3:30 pm
Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. Atlanta Silverbacks
Lockhart Stadium; Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 7:30 pm
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. San Antonio Scorpions
Al Lang Stadium; St. Petersburg, Fla. 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 20
New York Cosmos vs. FC Edmonton
James M. Shuart Stadium; Hempstead, N.Y. 4:00 pm
|New York Cosmos||11||7||3||1||18||10||24|
|Tampa Bay Rowdies||11||4||5||2||24||19||17|
|Minnesota United FC||11||4||2||5||12||13||14|
|Fort Lauderdale Strikers||11||4||2||4||19||14||14|
|San Antonio Scorpions||11||3||1||7||13||19||10|
Tiebreakers: 1.) Goal difference 2.) Goals scored 3.) Head-to-head 4.) Away goal difference 5.) Away goals scored
This Week In The NASL
NASL Player of Week 11
Forward Tomasz Zahorski scored game-winner to earn the San Antonio Scorpions a third consecutive home victory in defeating FC Edmonton 1-0 on Sunday. The Polish striker’s performance earned him the North American Soccer League Player of the Week honors. The game-winner came in the 40th minute when teammate Javier Saavedra stole possession from Edmonton midfielder Massimo Mirabelli’s on the right wing and whipped in a cross that Zahorski expertly guided past goalkeeper Lance Parker with the outside of his foot for his eighth goal of the season.
“Tomasz has proved to be one of the top strikers in this league and has come up big for us once again. He is an excellent professional both on and off the field with great experience and we are confident he will continue to produce for us.” – Scorpions interim coach Alen Marcina
NASL Team of Week 11
Kyle Reynish, New York Cosmos
Earn his second consecutive and fifth overall shutout of the season
Greg Janicki, San Antonio Scorpions
A very solid game at the back to help keep the clean sheet
Shane Moroney, Atlanta Silverbacks
Was strong on defense and assisted on the game-winner against Minnesota
Andres Arango, Tampa Bay Rowdies
Put on a stellar performance on the backline
Javier Saavedra, San Antonio Scorpions
Mexican coaches the team well on the field and dished out his team leading seventh assist
Richard Menjivar, Atlanta Silverbacks
El Salvadorian native dominated the midfield
Danny Szetela, New York Cosmos
U.S. international scored the eventual game-winning goal against Carolina
Martin Nuñez, Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Uruguayan notched his fourth goal of the season in the loss to Tampa Bay
Diomar Díaz, New York Cosmos
Venezuelan hit the target for the fifth time with the Cosmos Jersey
Ruben Luna, Atlanta Silverbacks
Mexican scored his seventh tally of the campaign to lead the Atlanta offense
Tomasz Zahorski, San Antonio Scorpions
Polish native hit his eighth goal of the season in the win against Edmonton
Penalty By English Midfielder Keeps Rowdies In Contention For Soccer Bowl
Among international players impressing in the North American Soccer League this weekend, English midfielder Luke Mulholland scored the game-winning penalty that ensured the Tampa Bay Rowdies remain in contention for the NASL Soccer Bowl 2013 berth. Polish striker Tomasz Zahorski claimed the winning goal as the San Antonio Scorpions beat FC Edmonton 1-0 on Sunday.
Mulholland, who won NASL title with Minnesota in 2011 before claiming another league championship with Tampa Bay the following year, broke a 1-1 tie late in the second half with a penalty kick goal to give the host Rowdies a 2-1 win over inner-state rivals Fort Lauderdale Strikers on Saturday. Zahorski, who played 13 international matches with the Polish national team, scored his eighth goal of the season to lead the San Antonio Scorpions to their third consecutive home victory at Toyota Field.
Every Monday throughout the 2013 Fall Season, the North American Soccer League (NASL) will put its international stars – both coaches & players – under the ‘NASL International Spotlight’ focusing on the league’s overseas connections.
Atlanta Influencers Form NASL Soccer Bowl Host Committee
A Host Committee of influential Atlanta area business executives and leaders who share a passion for soccer have joined forces with the North American Soccer League and the Atlanta Silverbacks to benefit NASL Soccer Bowl 2013, which will be played in Atlanta on Saturday, November 9.
Led by Brian Leary, Managing Director of Jacoby Development, the working group is made up of an Executive Committee and a Steering Committee to provide strategic recommendations for the NASL championship game and attract corporate partners throughout Metro Atlanta. All members of both committees are stakeholders in soccer either locally or within the NASL.
“The Host Committee is a group that believes in the Atlanta soccer scene and they will genuinely convey the appeal for our event to other business leaders and influencers. When Brian Leary introduced the individuals at their first meeting, it was evident that they love the game and are a great asset to the NASL Soccer Bowl.” – NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson
Tickets for NASL Soccer Bowl 2013 are now on general sale and can be purchased by calling 404-969-4900 or booking online at www.atlantasilverbacksfc.com.
About the NASL
The North American Soccer League is a professional soccer league established in the United States and Canada. The NASL member teams are: Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina RailHawks, FC Edmonton, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Minnesota United FC, New York Cosmos, San Antonio Scorpions FC and Tampa Bay Rowdies. Indy Eleven, Ottawa Fury FC and Virginia Cavalry FC will begin play in 2014 and clubs in Jacksonville and Oklahoma City will commence play in 2015.